Girls didn't really take much interest in me until I was about 14. But I knew how to talk to them very quickly. What I figured out - that my friends didn't - was you have to talk to women like you're not constantly trying to have sex with them. That seemed to work.
I never had much interest in being a child. As a way of being it seemed flat, failed to engage. Joan Didion
As a teen-ager I was constantly trying to please people, which I guess is true of all adolescents. Rosemary Mahoney